All initiation related activities have been banned in Gauteng until December 2018.
This was announced by the Commission for the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) on Tuesday as an attempt to regulation and control initiation related criminal activities.
The commission began its investigations because of the increasing health risks at initiation schools.
“The DA welcomes the urgent intervention and report released yesterday by the CRL Commission, however, we do not believe that proper functioning and legally operating schools must suffer at the behest of an investigation” said Makashule Gana who is the DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Among other things, the commission found that there are initiation schools which run illegally in Gauteng, families being charged unreasonable amounts of money for the initiation process, children being abducted, kidnapped and initiated without their parents agreeing to this.
“27 illegal initiation schools were operating in summer and 40 schools were operating in winter this year in Gauteng alone” said Gana.
The CRL Commission’s chair Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said that these illegal initiation schools deliberately target female- headed households.
Mkhwanazi-Xaluva continued to say that the initiations have been suspended only in Gauteng because gangsters have taken over communities and these gangsters force people to circumcise regardless of their cultures.
In reference to the existence of a gang called The Guptas, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said that initiation leads to boys becoming gangsters as they believe that is how men should behave.